Web Hosting Network
Faster Than OC3
Great support and great features will get you nowhere without a wide pipe. We
use to advertise an OC3; now we've gone one better.
Snappy Designs Network is "OnNet" with Frontier Global Center (FGC),
which means that we have a direct fiber optic connection between our Cisco 7200
router and theirs. Being OnNet with a Tier-1 provider means that we don't link
to a backbone, we are actually on a backbone. We have no phone circuit, and do
not use a Telecom link to get to the Internet; instead, we have an in-house
connection directly to FGC's ATM fiber node, located a few floors below our
servers in the same building. This fiber optic line can handle the bandwidth of
a T3 or an OC3, and with FGC's Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)
technology, it can handle several times the bandwidth of an OC3.
We share the digital distribution architecture of FGC, which is comprised of
more than 25 high-speed private peering connections to major Internet carriers
such as MCI, Sprint, UUNET, ATT, AOL, Best, Erols, and others. FGC also has
high-speed links to 8 public exchanges including both MAE East and West and
several NAPS. To use an analogy, the private peering connections allow
data to travel from New York to LA on a non-stop flight, while the public
exchanges require a stop over.
Sometimes the Net is
What happens when your pipe is hooked up to a faucet that just trickles?
Sometimes even though your ISP and your web host are both functioning properly,
you may still have a slow data transfer rate. The Internet sends information
all over the country and the world, through a dozen or more computers on its
way to you -- and something is always getting serviced somewhere in that long
chain. Here is what we have done to speed things up:
We have a large investment in BGP (Border Gate Protocol) technology, which
allows the traffic to your site to travel more efficiently by finding the best
route for data to travel. On a typical server the traffic always takes the same
route from client to server. For them, if there is a bad node, traffic does not
get through at all. Because we use BGP protocol, different and more efficient
routes are taken between client and server depending on traffic loads and
broken nodes. This means our servers automatically look for the fastest route
Often providers operate their networks at three to four times responsible
capacity, and as a result the corresponding transfer times reach over 300ms for
each hop along the net. Snappy Design network daily average is 6.5% of its
capacity, with mid-day peak spikes reaching only 15.5% capacity. Our transfer
times range from 15 to 80ms routinely.